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Paul Krugman on Mitt Romney as the "confidence fairy," who believes that optimism will sprout economic growth if he is elected president:

In fairness to Mr. Romney, his assertion that electing him would spontaneously spark an economic boom is consistent with his party’s current economic dogma. Republican leaders have long insisted that the main thing holding the economy back is the “uncertainty” created by President Obama’s statements — roughly speaking, that businesspeople aren’t investing because Mr. Obama has hurt their feelings. If you believe that, it makes sense to argue that changing presidents would, all by itself, cause an economic revival.

There is, however, no evidence supporting this dogma.

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship weigh in on the Mitt's secretly taped heart-to-wallet chat with hoi oligoi:
If you had reported as long as some of us have on winner-take-all politics and the unenlightened assumptions of the moneyed class, you wouldn’t find the remarks of Romney and his pals all that exceptional. The resentment, disdain and contempt with which they privately view those beneath them are an old story.

In fact, the video’s reminiscent of our first Gilded Age, back in the late 19th century. The celebrated New York dandy Frederick Townsend Martin summed it up when he declared, “We are the rich. We own America. We got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates in We Are All Welfare Queens Now:
More to the point, as tactics aimed at suppressing black citizenship become more abstract, they also have the side-effect of enveloping non-blacks. Atwater's point that the policies of the Southern Strategy hurt blacks more than whites is well taken. But some whites were hurt too. This is different than the explicit racism of slavery and segregation. During slavery white Southerners never worried about disenfranchising blacks. After slavery they needed poll taxes and the force of white terrorism. After white terrorism was routed and the poll tax outlawed, they targeted the voting process itself. But at each level what you see is more non-black people being swept into the pool of victims and the pool expanding. [...]

In all this you can see the insidious and lovely foresight of integration which, at its root, posits an end to whiteness as any kind of organizing political force. I would not say we are there. But when the party of white populism finds itself writing off half the country, we are really close.

Roger Bybee looks at what Republican policies that Paul Ryan supports have done to the congressman's 1st District in Wisconsin:
The results of Ryan’s policies and the resulting economic wreckage have been grimly predictable. The persistently high unemployment has been accompanied by rising signs of social disintegration and distress throughout most of the district.
But in upsidedownism of the Romney-Ryan campaign, it's all Obama's fault.

E.J. Dionne wonders whether Obama will be able to govern if he wins. That, he writes, will be determined by who inside the Republican Party wins the battle over why Obama won (if he does):

The right-wing contention is simple: Romney was a lousy candidate, a closet moderate who didn’t offer the detailed conservative program in all its splendor and who “muzzled” Paul Ryan, an idea some Ryan partisans are leaking. If this side wins, the GOP will stick with obstruction and wait for the next election.

But Romney’s 47 percent remarks finally unshackled the more moderate conservatives who know how destructive the Ayn Rand/tea party approach to politics has been. Some are talking about a Republican organization, similar to the old Democratic Leadership Council, to pull the party closer to the center.

Lee Fang explains the threat at the polls from a Koch group that is engaged in a massive voter mobilization campaign:
Koch is now financing more than 200 organizers and paid political staff in thirty-one states. Its likely much of the money Koch now donates to the NRA and groups like the Faith and Freedom Coalition (run by Tim Phillip’s longtime business partner, Ralph Reed), will also be spent on organizers on the ground. Using the Wisconsin model, Koch hopes to partner with local conservative groups to build a rapid mobilization system that can compete on Election Day, in every critical state.

Too much attention is given to the television ads. The Koch network, which is actively training Tea Partiers, via a partnership with True the Vote, to harass and intimidate voters, may tip the scales in this election. And you won’t see their work on television, or through FEC disclosures (they refuse to register their grassroots electioneering as independent expenditures). Like Wisconsin, liberals might see the ground shifting beneath them, and wonder what happened.

You could just about hear Eugene Robinson over the revelations of the secret videotape:
To all the single parents holding down two minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet, all the seniors who saw their savings dwindle and had to go back to work part time, all the breadwinners who lost their jobs when private-equity firms swooped down to slash and burn—to all struggling Americans, it must come as a surprise to learn how irresponsible they’ve been. And it must be devastating to learn that, try as he might, Mitt Romney will never be able to show these unfortunates the error of their ways.

Romney might as well have quoted Cee Lo Green: “Forget you!”

Thomas V. DiBacco in Presidential debates: Shake hands and come out acting:
Those of us who grew up with debating as an essential part of our high school curriculum recognize that debates don't measure leadership skills. They measure the ability to think quickly and speak coherently. The more prepared and articulate the speaker, with honed theatrical skills (in terms of eye contact, sincerity and, when appropriate, gestures and humor), the more likely he emerges the victor. It does not matter whether a debater presents the better argument — or, more important, has the leadership ability outside the debate forum to carry out his argument.
Chris Lehmann on Paul Ryan's Randian roots:
Paul Ryan has never “built” a thing in his life—except for constructing a career out of a long series of disingenuous arguments to cut federal entitlements. Yet in the curious logic of modern conservatism, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee is a horny-handed son of toil. Around the time his father died, the young Ryan launched himself toward independence, he has rushed to remind voters, via the late-20th-century equivalent of an apprenticeship in rail-splitting: He worked at McDonald’s. [...]

Like Ryan, many of the signature members of the D.C.-based Rand cult are obsessive climbers, trying desperately to persuade themselves that they’re creative and world-conquering iconoclasts. In this one limited sense, Paul Ryan may well be the ideal running mate for Mitt Romney.

Richard Silverstein calls a sham the soon-to-be announced delisting of the Iranian dissident group Mujahadeen e-Khalq from the U.S. roster of terrorist groups. That delisting is a product lobbying and speaking fees applied in the right places by the Guardian newspaper's investigative reporters:
Analysts writing about the MEK and alienated members reject the group's claim that it has renounced terror. Seymour Hersh recently published an expose reporting that as late as 2007, US special forces had offered Iranians training at a secret Nevada facility in covert operations. It provided them arms and communications equipment and black ops training for their anti-regime terror activities inside Iran.
Jim Hightower blasts the myth-making propaganda and attitudes that keep the minimum wage at a miserly level.

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  •  Did a diary on the Krugman column last night (10+ / 0-)

    which you can read here.  I do offer some commentary of my own

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:32:30 AM PDT

  •  A modest proposal for Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    I examine one from Matt Miller of CAP in today's Washington Post in this post to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:33:27 AM PDT

  •  From a comment on Hightower's piece: (6+ / 0-)
    Government will not always be around to save people form their poor choices. If you make minimum wage, you should not be a single mom in the first place. You marry a rich guy and then have kids duh.
    I don't even know where to start. Gag me with a spoon.
  •  Intrade THROUGH THE ROOF! (4+ / 0-)

    Over the past month or so, Obama has risen from the mid fifties to over 71!

    Over the past month or so, Rmoney has fallen from the low forties to less than 29!

    Intrade is usually a great barometer.  It measures the state of the polls in a "put your money where your mouth is" sense.

    •  Obama's 'Now-cast' at 95.6% (3+ / 0-)
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      ..as he inches towards the 332 electoral vote total many of us expect on election day.

      http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

    •  AOL News reports the economy is going (2+ / 0-)
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      to tank.  I guess that would be good news for Mitt except he talks more like Hoover than Obama ever has

      •  Is this based (2+ / 0-)
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        on their tea leaf reading via FedEx?  AOL is forever trumpeting anti-Obama news.

        Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

        by KibbutzAmiad on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:59:51 AM PDT

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      •  The right wing is in a state (3+ / 0-)
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        of complete denial.
        There's a site I found this weekend, that Dem From CT laughed his ass off about (I'm sure the polling heads here did the same), called  "Unskewed Polls", where they "correct" what they call the oversampling of Democrats and viola! Mitt is now tied with Obama.
        Then you have sites like AOL, Red State, Free Republic, Hot Mess Air and others that have convinced themselves that the economy is tanking, has tanked or will tank, when it's actually growing and has been for some time.
        They're allergic to facts.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:12:16 AM PDT

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        •  I suspect the economy will not tank (0+ / 0-)

          until after the election.

          Those in the position to make that happen, as they've done regularly since 1913, don't have the stomach for the backlash at this point, because it can fairly safely be laid at the feet of Republicans, and will be.

          Let Obama get reelected, however, and see what happens. I don't know whether to fear more a Romney presidency or the right-wing freakout that's sure to follow if Obama wins. God help us all, either way.

          -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

          by trevzb on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:14:54 AM PDT

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          •  If they don't do something (0+ / 0-)

            about the sequestration, I imagine we'll have another recession. But even if Obama wins, if we don't get the House back, the Republicans would still hold the purse strings.
            They're not stupid enough to tank the economy deliberately.

            “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

            by skohayes on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 02:31:30 PM PDT

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  •  I am grateful (15+ / 0-)

    for Eugene Robinson's outrage because I am too damn exhausted to produce my own.

    Mitt's latest despicable comments on the ER - I'm all but speechless.  I rarely wish ill on individuals, knowing it changes nothing.  But I wish all those who believe this is a viable public health policy to break their arm, sit for five hours in an ER, only to have the doctor put it in a sling and tell them to find an orthopedist in the morning.

    And then try to find one who will see you with no insurance.

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:42:41 AM PDT

    •  And then you have a backbreaking bill coming in (6+ / 0-)

      just for an xray. If you're going from paycheck to paycheck, esp. if you're self-employed and the next paycheck is a question mark, of course you pay the electric bill first.
      The gop depends on creating fictions about irresponsibility  in order to justify their policy.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:54:05 AM PDT

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      •  We had a (7+ / 0-)

        full time CPA firm we ran.  After the economy tanked and many of our corporate (contractor, largely) clients went under, we gave up because we could no longer afford health insurance.  So we do the business as a part time endeavor and my husband works full time as a tax accountant for someone else.  I work.  We have PPO health insurance.  And we still can't freaking afford our (mostly routine) medical and dental bills.  

        My husband works 70 hours a week.  I work and go to school and care for elderly parents.  I am beyond enraged at Romney's attitude and comments and even angrier at the media that allows him to get away with it.

        Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

        by KibbutzAmiad on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:57:09 AM PDT

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      •  You've got that right, brother. (3+ / 0-)
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        They ruin the Economy then blaim the victims of their policies. The large number of recipients of welfare, food stamps, unemployment insurance...all thanks directly to them, yet somehow Obama is the food stamp President. Unemployment is at 8.1%...lazy bastards should get off their asses and go get jobs. Today's Republicans make me sick. The best remedy...VOTE!

    •  ERISA here means that if you show up at the ER (2+ / 0-)
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      you sit for 2-6 hours or more (I have heard of 17 hr waits) until the receptionist notices you and then tells a Medical Assistant your problems.  The MA without taking vitals arrives at a DX and informs you your chest pain radiating down your left arm is gas and you should take Pepto and go home.

      If you are lucky, she is right and then you live long enough to get your $500 bill for services rendered

    •  I once got a bill for $1,800 (0+ / 0-)

      Wife stepped on a nail and got a tetanus shot at the ER.

      45 seconds with a doctor, five minutes with an orderly, years of minimum payments to the hospital.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:16:25 AM PDT

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  •  as scary as the Koch bros mobilizing is (4+ / 0-)

    America is NOT wisconsin and this is NOT last year.

    the Obama campaign  knows how to do a national GOTV and do it well. all the GOTV  orginizations are not going to make people vote for a candidate like romney.
    experience does matter. and mercenaries and politics have had a spotty success rate since forever.

    and walker didnt face obama and while wisconsin seems to have lost whatever reason it had to vote against walker, America will not lose its reason to vote against Obama.

    wisconsin actually did a lot of good for the Obama campaign- it was a wake up call. both for americans and for obama

    "With malice toward none, with charity for all..." -Abraham Lincoln not a modern republican

    by live1 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:43:22 AM PDT

    •  We need to smear the Kochs with the taint of (4+ / 0-)

      Ralph Reed though. As slimy and low-class as they are, he's worse.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:56:10 AM PDT

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    •  I wonder? (1+ / 0-)
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      If the Kochs and their redneck toadies get caugth intimidating too many voters, whether there will be a shit-storm of protests outside the gates of their mansions?

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:08:50 AM PDT

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    •  Keep in mind that True the Vote, (6+ / 0-)

      the Koch-financed group, is not a GOTV organization.  It is a voter suppression organization whose members are being trained to challenge individual Democratic voters at polling locations.

      Apparently Republicans do not believe they can win unless they suppress the votes of Democrats.  And they are right.  It is up to Democrats to win in spite of the voter intimidation and suppression tactics.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:32:07 AM PDT

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    •  My one big fear (0+ / 0-)

      To be honest, this is my one big fear regarding the outcome of the elections: that somehow they will manage to manipulate the voter screen to their favor so they could steal the election. This by on the one hand being able to mobilize their backers and on the other hand preventing ours to vote. Ohio 2004 on a far grander scale. It's a huge undertaking but given the efforts they did the last couple of years it's not unplausible/unimaginable.

      The one sure thing is to make sure that the gap between President Obama and Mitt Romney is simply too big to be overcome by such shenanigans.

      Obama-Biden in 2012!

      by Frederik on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:50:23 AM PDT

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  •  GMTA? Or maybe it's not a huge leap (1+ / 0-)
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    CeeLo green was one of the first thoughts I had after hearing the 47% tape, but I had the uncensored version in mind.

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:46:00 AM PDT

  •  Shorter Mitt: When the Ursurper is Out, then (4+ / 0-)

    Corporate America will get off their fat asses and the piles of money that they have been sitting on and start investing in new equipment, inventory and jobs. This demand will kick-start the economy and lead to improvements in all economic areas. I am the Confidence Fairy or should I say, Obama is the Anti-Confidence Fairy. The GOP will jump on the new economic tide and pass stimulus measures.

    Its all Obama's fault.

    "Reason is six-sevenths of treason," said one of his neighbors. "Intelligence is what the enemy uses," said another.

    by Misterpuff on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:47:39 AM PDT

    •  Fault (0+ / 0-)

      If you're correct thenn Corporations that are in for Republicans which most are... have been sitting on their asses trying to make The President fail.. that would coincide with the Republicans being treasonous.

      that would prove the republicans are a bunch of treasonous terrorist that have been obstructing the countrys economics for political gain.

      your comment is a right wing shit stain.
      ==> red state is that way

      I think Jesus meant christian as a verb not a noun

      by rageagnstmach on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:58:09 AM PDT

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    •  yep and the Iranian embassy takeover is all (1+ / 0-)
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      Obama's fault; I heard a winger ranting on this yesterday.  It appears a local radio pundit declared something along the lines of the Libyan attack = Iranian embassy takeover and somehow garbled it so Obama let the Iranian incident take over.

      How low can a low information voter go?

      •  Did you see SNL on Saturday? (0+ / 0-)

        Pretty funny look at the nation's undecided voters.

        The dumbest group of people in the world, at this point, and our election hinges on them.

        -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

        by trevzb on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:22:53 AM PDT

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    •  We can all count on the GOP to revive (2+ / 0-)
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      the economy because we have already seen their Friedman version of reality under GWB.  We can expect the same great economic growth we experienced under GWB with his record levels of employment and new business starts.

      Wait a minute..........................  

    •  And they can predict this (0+ / 0-)

      Because they have the power to make it happen.

      Have had that power since 2008.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:20:37 AM PDT

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  •  Romney's huge lead among seniors evaporates (16+ / 0-)
    New polling by Reuters/Ipsos indicates that during the past two weeks - since just after the Democratic National Convention - support for Romney among Americans age 60 and older has crumbled, from a 20-point lead over Democratic President Barack Obama to less than 4 points.

    Romney's double-digit advantages among older voters on the issues of healthcare and Medicare - the nation's health insurance program for those over 65 and the disabled - also have evaporated, and Obama has begun to build an advantage in both areas.

    http://www.reuters.com/...

    Thank you, Paul Ryan.

  •  Don't you all find it completely hilarious (9+ / 0-)

    That the unfavorable numbers are just over 47%???!!!
    I do, and I am laughing over this all day.

  •  Mitt has GWB disease: he was born on home plate (5+ / 0-)

    and thinks he hit a triple; like GWB, he mistakes the success of his forebears as his own success.  The greatest predicater of economic success is your parents' success. In other words, millionaires tend to have millionaires for parents.

  •  Ann Romney compared Dems to horses: (0+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:58:18 AM PDT

  •  Glenn Greenwald - delisting MEK as terrorist group (1+ / 0-)
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    •  another misstep by the US (2+ / 0-)
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      since MEK is notorious for targeting civilians.  It will also be interesting to see what happens now that we have pulled out of Iraq since we have been sheltering MEK in camps in Iraq (where MEK has been accused of human rights abuses).  Turkey reserves the right of hot pursuit to chase Kurdish dissidents after terror attacks into Iraqi territory while Iran does the same for MEK attacks.  It appears the Iraqi government will cooperate with Iran in snuffing out MEK, unless the US government tries to strongarm Iraq into allowing MEK to continue to use their territory as a launching base.  Should the US attempt to strongarm the current Iraqi government, it will be interesting to see if such behavior does not drive Iraq further into the Iranian orbit

  •  Uncertainty whether more Repub idiocy (0+ / 0-)

    will fuck up the economy as bad as Dubya did.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:03:03 AM PDT

  •  All the pieces are fascinating. (1+ / 0-)
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    However, what it comes down to is that when Republicans are in a corner, they try to manipulate people and machines to fix elections.

    I don't know why this is such a secret.  It's not like the GOP hides their behavior.  If living through the 2000 election has taught anyone anything, it is that anything is at play in order to make a race slant toward a Republican win.

    Then once elected, they sit there as a placeholder causing their districts to fail miserably while the GOP operatives blame Democrats for their troubles.

    It's a vicious circle.  It has caused some of our most storied Democrats to lose their seats to Teabagger filth.  That's why we cannot let them go ahead with voter disenfranchisement.

    If they truly do win the elections this time around, America as we know it will be done.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:06:29 AM PDT

  •  Ratcheting gop obstructionism (1+ / 0-)
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    If Romney drops another couple of points in the polls, it will be even easier for Obama (and all Dems) to pivot to highlighting the gop obstruction, which even low-information voters have been noticing in their peripheral vision. The more this becomes the central focus of the campaign, the more desperate the Romney camp will be to drag the narrative back to their advantage. The more this occurs, the more gop House members and Senate contestants have to struggle with juggling a commitment to the "unified gop front" and a more politically viable sell-out. The more this happens, the more the campaign front gets pushed out of "battleground states" and into red territory. And, to complete this circle, the more this happens, the more territory Romney has to come up with resources to defend.
    This is torture, to be concerned about the 1 point gap in the polls in the Gallup one minute, and hoping we can just barely squeak out a win, and then the next minute contemplate the potentially and literally wonderful! possibility for a massive gop catastrophe.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:09:36 AM PDT

    •  MC and Mitt's remarks about the 47% are (1+ / 0-)
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      backbreakers.  MC is the third rail of politics for most seniors and the blue collar core of the GOP did not appreciate Mitt's country club blue nose dissing of their work ethic

    •  Racheting up GOP obstruction? (0+ / 0-)

      It's hard (for a reasonable person) to see what else they would do to rachet up obstruction, short of shutting down the government if they manage to maintain control of the House. With a new debt ceiling battle coming in 2013, the pound of flesh they want from Obama in return for raising the debt ceiling will be tough for us to swallow, whatever it is.

      On the Senate side, I hope that Harry Reid has had enough of McConnell's delaying tactics and that we will see some real reforms to Senate rules in January. The minority party in the Senate may need protction, but they don't need to have the ability to stall all business of the Senate.

      NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

      by bear83 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:41:35 AM PDT

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      •  I'm talking about the Obama campaign having the (0+ / 0-)

        freedom to include the Gop House and Senate in his sights as well as Romney.
        I agree that all Dems should be screaming bloody murder on the obstruction.
        In the context of the Obama campaign, the more of a comfortable lead he has over Romney, the more he can afford to hit the gop House, etc. Those Gop house candidates have to decide whether to "stick with the program" or to panic and start to run away from Romney/Ryan (as we're seeing some of the Senate candidates do over the 47% comments.
        The more he hits the House, the broader the campaign becomes beyond just battleground states. It reaches out first to vulnerable tea party candidates across the US first.
        The broader the campaign gets, the more territory Romney has to defend. That makes him have to choose to spend money elsewhere or to stick with battleground states that are starting to look hopeless.
        That's what I mean by ratcheting.
        Before he had a lead over Romney, he just had to stay focused on hammering him in battleground states. Now he and the Dems have leverage they didn't have earlier.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:29:30 AM PDT

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    •  Democrats can not afford to wait (4+ / 0-)
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      for Romney to drop in the polls to highlight GOP obstruction in congress.  It is important for the Democrats to control congress for Obama to be able to get anything done.

      Absentee voting has already started in several states, and early in-person voting will begin in about a month.  Democrats need to start highlighting GOP obstruction NOW.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:42:58 AM PDT

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      •  I agree completely, but what I meant is that now (1+ / 0-)
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        that Obama has a clear lead in the battleground states, he has more freedom to hit the gop on obstruction across the map.
        The more the map expands in a referendum on the gop, the more problems Romney has. The more problems he has, the more you see the rats deserting his ship. See comment above.

        Conversely,
        If Obama hadn't opened up a lead in the swing states, he would still be stuck slugging it out head to head with Romney, and he wouldn't have the leverage to draw the gop House into the fight.
        To me, gop obstruction has been obvious from day one, but it's really only gotten traction in the mainstream "narrative" in the last few weeks.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:39:06 AM PDT

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  •  Tax cuts for Mitt, tax hikes for workers (4+ / 0-)

    Mitt says that his minuscule rate of 14 percent -- which would have been much lower if not for creative accounting practices for political expediency -- is just right? That the rest of his fellow millionaires and billionaires shouldn't pay a penny more than 10 percent, or 13 percent, or 14 percent? Of course Mitt defends his gold plated tax rate, because it allows him to pocket a real bundle. We have a presidential candidate running on tax policy specifically created to protect his own wealth and fortune. Mitt's plan is meant to reward himself at the expense of the overall economy. Tax hikes for the workers, tax breaks for the cocktail crowd...     -  principledprogressive

  •  Give Mitt a copy of Obama's UN speech so we can (2+ / 0-)
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    at least get the next gaffe over early.

  •  Interesting comment re Mitt's taxes on MJ this am (4+ / 0-)
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    by Andrea Mitchell.

    The folks (with no Joe Scarborough this am, ALWAYS a much better show) were discussing the news dump of Romney's taxes and how inept it was of his campaign that we still are and still will be discussing his taxes probably right through to the election. Then Andrea Mitchell made a point that I have not heard before -

    That his 20 year summary would have included some years when capitals gains were taxed at a higher rate which would have plumped up the average. She said he's get a far different average if he had used 15 as opposed to 20. I thought that was a great point.

    I still think Harry Reid may have been on target with the "he paid NO taxes comment". I am hoping that Harry's insider comes out and is an October surprise for Romney/Ryan.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:21:52 AM PDT

    •  Exactly. Romney earned a big salary in those years (5+ / 0-)

      that would push his rate considerably higher due to federal income taxes, as well as the higher capital gains rate in those years. Anyone who takes Mitt's word, particularly regarding his taxes, is a sucker. He has a long track record of lying about them and an even longer record of "creatively" avoiding paying taxes. I still say he got a refund in 2009...and took the amnesty deal regarding foreign accounts. It all boils down to his 2009 return and Romney and his owners are willing to lose the election rather than release them. What's in there is damning...not just to Romney's political ambitions but to all the greediest, wealthiest scum in America. His returns would show America that the wealthy class made out like bandits while the rest of us lost half of our retirement money, many lost their homes, their jobs...while the wealthy wrote off their losses and probably received refunds.

  •  Mitt the Moderate (5+ / 0-)
    The right-wing contention is simple: Romney was a lousy candidate, a closet moderate who didn’t offer the detailed conservative program in all its splendor and who “muzzled” Paul Ryan, an idea some Ryan partisans are leaking. If this side wins, the GOP will stick with obstruction and wait for the next election.
    Yep - this is why Mitt's numbers are tanking. He's a moderate, watering down all those great conservative ideas. Keep on telling yourselves that, GOPers. Run a REAL rightie in 2016. Please.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:31:34 AM PDT

  •  An "RLC" patterned on the DLC? (2+ / 0-)
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    Dionne opines:

    But Romney’s 47 percent remarks finally unshackled the more moderate conservatives who know how destructive the Ayn Rand/tea party approach to politics has been. Some are talking about a Republican organization, similar to the old Democratic Leadership Council, to pull the party closer to the center.
    First they need to decide which core GOP group or groups to "throw under the bus" in order to move to "Greener Pastures": in the instance of the DLC it was literally for "Green": their (theoretical) "share" of Corporate Cash. The Southern-dominated DLC focused on "sacrificing" Organized Labor followed closely by Environmentalists. Because Labor, especially Public Sector Labor, is disproportionately Minority, they didn't have to overtly and separately single us out to have the desired impact.

    So the Establishment GOP has to make a similar calculation: which bedrock segment of what is seen to be the GOP Coalition will be sacrificed? I think they will find it almost impossible to replicate the dubious "achievement" of the DLC. They cannot become anti-Corporate Populists. They cannot "disown" the Movement Conservatives.

    Who's left that "has value??" And to whom will they seek to offer this "sacrifice??"

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:42:41 AM PDT

    •  I've read in a couple of places that Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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      after the election are out to "reclaim" the party from the Tea Party. Perhaps they are just pre-spinning the schism to come when The Grand Bargain is struck when Democrats and Republicans "hold hands and jump off the cliff together " as Lindsey Graham put it.

      If the Republicans agree to new taxes which most sane people think they must, then the Tea Bagger/Randian/Libertarians will go screaming off into the Wilderness to be led by who knows who - Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Santorum? and leave the Party to the old Country Club Rockefeller Republican group who will be relieved to be rid of the xenophobes and the racists so they can return their focus to maintaining privilege and drop all the wedge issues.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:59:42 AM PDT

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    •  Tea Party is going DOWN! (1+ / 0-)
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      If they don't get rid of the extremists, or at least take back control of the House, the GOP is doomed.
      The House went this entire season without passing one appropriations bill, choosing instead to kick the can down the road by passing extensions of existing appropriations.
      Even Republicans here in red, red western Kansas are complaining about our Tea Party representative (I had a nice chat with one of our county commissioners who is running for reelection). These are farmers and ranchers out here who understand the role the government plays in keeping things running, and they are really disgusted at the House not being able to pass a Farm Bill.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:36:37 AM PDT

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  •  Quick question, though: (0+ / 0-)
    In all this you can see the insidious and lovely foresight of integration which, at its root, posits an end to whiteness as any kind of organizing political force.
    Why is it okay for blackness, or Latino-ness, or womanhood to be an organizing political force, but not whiteness? Is whiteness seem as the lack of ethnicity or something? It isn't.

    -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

    by trevzb on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:09:42 AM PDT

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